Wow, my patience has been tested recently. Along with patience, comes its cousin, frustration, and I have been yo-yo-ing between the two over the past few weeks.
Despite this, and as much as I have been feeling frustrated and have had my patience tested, waiting, waiting, waiting and waiting some more, I am grateful for the reminder to practice yoga beyond the mat.
I thought it would be useful to note a little about how yoga provides a tool that can be called on in times of frustration and can aid us in digging deep to find patience to move through challenges with ease. I am grateful that yoga allows me to observe these feelings of helplessness and frustration, take note of them, whilst not being overwhelmed. Practicing yoga helps to keep things in perspective. If you start to feel overwhelmed, take a step back and note that this is just a passing experience.
Whenever you feel frustration rising take a step back and place extra emphasis on the breath. Allow your mind to follow the breath, as you inhale fully and exhale fully. After a few rounds (or longer) of conscious breathing your perception may start to shift and you may see the situation more clearly, without the additional layer of emotion clouding your judgement. Such action is a choice. Situations and challenges that we find ourselves in cannot always be controlled, no matter how much will or sheer force we throw at it. We can however, take a step back and note that we do have a say in the matter. The only thing we really can control is how we allow the feelings to dictate our responses. We have the tools to pick out of the box whenever we feel challenged. Whenever the heat of frustration rises we can remember our practice and come to the breath. From frustration we can move to acceptance and surrender. Remember to have faith that the you are on the right path and all is as it should be.
For now, there is nothing to be done, except to reaffirm the faith that we are where we should be.
Turn your frustrations into acceptance and find peace. Find a space to sit, soften the gaze and come to the breath. Note the rise and fall of the chest as you inhale and gently exhale. Repeat the mantra: ”I am where I am supposed to be” on the inhale and “everything happens when it is supposed to happen” on the exhale.
“How many a man has thrown up his hands at a time when a little more effort, a little more patience would have achieved success.”
“You’ve done it before and you can do it now. See the positive possibilities. Redirect the substantial energy of your frustration and turn it into positive, effective, unstoppable determination.”
Namaste, Jen x